Residents recover a gun during an Atwater police pursuit*

LAPD police helicopter over Echo Park.Atwater Village residents recovered a gun tossed out of a vehicle during a police pursuit tonight that lead LAPD officers to cordon off several blocks as they searched for suspects. Officers detained but  later released several individuals. However, a  vehicle was impounded and officers recovered a pair of guns, one of of which was turned in by residents, said Sgt. Eddie Ortiz with the Northeast Division.

In an email to The Eastsider, a resident who lives near Larga Avenue and Minneapolis Street describes how one of those guns was recovered:

Around 6:30 p.m. tonight I arrived home in South Atwater Village  and a car came screeching around the corner. Looked like four males in the car, couple of baseball caps. They floored it down our small residential street almost hitting a couple parked cars, and … something was thrown from the car. Right then a cop car races around the corner in pursuit (no siren or lights?!!) and they both take off up Atwater Ave. Well both myself, my neighbors, and some guys doing work on one of the houses on our block went down to see what was thrown out of the car – A GUN.

Another person inspected the gun and found the  hammer was pulled back. “It easily could have gone off.” Police were called and arrived about 10 minutes later to pick up the weapon.

Several streets north of Glendale Boulevard were blocked off during the police search, according to one resident who drove through the area at about 7 p.m.

* Update on Monday, April 4:. Lt. Steven Flores with the Northeast Division provides more details on the incident: “On 4/1/2011 at 6:30 pm, officers engaged in a short vehicle pursuit in response to a man with a gun call.  The suspect abandoned the vehicle at Edenhurst & Glendale.  A perimeter was set up but the suspect was never found.  However, two guns, several bullets, and other items were recovered from different locations as called in by the community.”

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